Vanity Fair Features Photo Gallery from Porsche 911: 50 Years

September 24, 2013
In the early 60s, those looking for performance art had a couple of options. One could catch Yoko Ono onstage, stone-faced, as strangers snipped off pieces of her loose black dress. Compelling. But on September 13, 1963, the world was introduced to a more palatable—even beautiful—marriage of performance and art: the Porsche 911. The vehicle quickly became the definitive—and disruptive—sports car, somehow squeezing two jump seats and an engine into its svelte tail.

Randy Leffingwell's gorgeous new book, Porsche 911: 50 Years, showcases the 911 as both sports machine and sculptural object. It surveys Porsche's own archives, featuring the design sketches, clay models, and engineering mules that led up to the 911's introduction, as well as its half-century evolution and subsequent racing successes.

Ultimately this is a brainy book for anyone who thinks he knows a thing about the Porsche 911. As the introduction states: 'What you read here may contradict what you know about Porsche 911 history. Some of this information was simply not available before now.'

See the gallery here.